Amazon to Open Bookstore in Chicago in 2017

Amazon has opened one bookstore in Seattle and announced plans for two more bookstores in Portland and San Diego, and now we can add a fourth city to the list.

The Southport Corridor blog initially reported, and the Chicago Tribune has since confirmed, that Amazon is going to open a bookstore on the north side of Chicago at 3443 North Southport Ave.

The Amazon Books store will be taking the place of a recently closed bar, Mystic Celts. The bar's owner had sold the building to an investment firm last year, and moved out at the beginning of 2016. The 7,200 square foot location currently looks something like this, only with plywood covering the windows and construction equipment parked out front:

Mystic Celt Southport Corridor Closing

Amazon has confirmed that they will be opening a store there next year. "We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Southport in Chicago," Amazon spokeswoman Deborah Bass said in an email Thursday.

This store will be the fourth Amazon Books when it opens. There is a rumor of a store in NYC, but it has yet to be confirmed.

The retailer is also developing three drive-in grocery stores in Seattle and San Francisco, and has opened or announced plans for 18 pickup locations on or near US college campuses, including one at MW-Madison.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on Amazon to Open Bookstore in Chicago in 2017

  1. It is good Amazon is building bookstores in Chicago and Portland.

  2. That’s a stretch of somewhat upscale and mostly soulless retail (with a few old greats like the Music Box theater still lingering). Amazon will fit right in!

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